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Oct 19, 2011 4:00pm PDT
. veracruz used to those -- to boast that it was mexico's safest city. more than 100 people have been killed in the last month. 35 people have been left in the street in daylight. empty homes have been boarded up after they were used as headquarters. >> this is one of more than three locations were more than 30 bodies were found just a few days ago. it is part of a vicious battle that has been taking place, and the marines have now been deployed to the streets of the city which until recently was prepared please save region was perfectly safe. >> many of them are victims of tit-for-tat. speaking out is a rare and dangerous thing to do in mexico, but janet figueroa is prepared to take to clear her father's name. he was a mechanic caught in the crossfire of a gun battle. janet says the state fabricated evidence he was a criminal. and why is this used to be a safe city. i never imagined something like this -- >> this used to be a safe city. i never imagined something like this would happen. we have received threats, but i have to speak out that civilians are being killed in this drug war. >> in
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Oct 13, 2011 6:30pm EDT
took the stand voice wasajaratnam's heard in court. they used secretly recorded conversations between he and his associates to get a conviction . the wiretaps are the subject of his appeal. >> this was unprecedented in terms of using wiretaps. they were used for more mob or blue collar crimes. the defense will appeal whether that was permissible. >> the district judge denied a request that he stay free pending his appeal. but said judge chose not to hand out a longer sentence because of his medical problems. from a life of privilege to present in may, the mastermind behind the biggest insider- trading ring in a generation, he is now paying the price and the judge hopes it will deter others from following in his footsteps. >> for more on this case in the message it sends, i am joined by a broker for the "the new york times". the judge warning to send a message to wall street. do you think insider traders will listen? >> this has to be looked at in the context of what has been an aggressive two-year campaign by the federal government to root out insider trading on wall street. he was th
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Oct 25, 2011 5:30pm EDT
gaddafi. now our guides were keen to show us that he was gone. the spectacle was over and the lines had been drawn. the country was ready to move on. g chips in the new libya. this giant fist once stood in colonel gaddafi's libyan compound. now it has been brought back here to misrata as a sign of their achievement. colonel gaddafi's body is the ultimate war trophy of all, and the five days of wrangling over its burial was a sign of the intensive political positioning that is now going on behind the scenes. >> the defeated loyalists are getting used to a new reality. this man is now a prisoner. he was one of those who prepared muammar gaddafi body for burial. he said the colonel's followers have only one option now. >> everything was clear. now the end of gaddafi means a new life. >> but it is not going to be easy. in misrata, very slowly, life is beginning to get back to normal, as people change from their military fatigues back to civilian clothes. the real revolution starts here, this man told me, after the death of gaddafi. this was a peaceful revolution we started back in febru
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Oct 6, 2011 5:30pm EDT
we do for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> in the past couple of decades, internet use has spread across the planet, invading every aspect of life. in countries like south korea, going online seems to have become a necessity. >> [speaking korean] >> usually, i go online as soon as i wake up. on average, i use the internet for about 6 hours a day. >> in a unique experiment, the bbc has removed internet access from 2 families for a week, in this the most wired nation on earth. >> in other parts of the world, the digital superhighway still hasn't reached its destination. how many people here actually know what the internet is? [indistinct chattering] >> internet? anybody? now, though, we're going to be providing internet access to this village in northern nigeria. so, what happens when we turn the internet on here? >> and off here? [indistinct chattering] >> it's not exactly the information superhighway. [bleating] welcome to the village of gitata, 2 1/2 hours north of the nigerian capital abuja. what strikes you as you arrive in gitata is the fact that it seems so disconnected from
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Oct 21, 2011 6:30pm EDT
colonel gaddafi is dead after this. this rebel fighter told us he and a select group had known for a number of days that the former dictator was holed up, but they had kept the information secret. "-- >> if we had revealed the secret, anything could have happened. gaddafi might have tried to escape just as a woman or even committed suicide. >> more than 24 hours after his death, colonel gaddafi still lay unburied. the people are trying to rebuild their country and to leave libya still needs to be convinced that the former dictator is finally gone. >> the libyan people do not believe that he is dead. >> pictures are also now emerging that throw into question the circumstances surrounding the death of colonel gaddafi's son. the pictures taken shortly after his capture show him i lied and relatively relaxed. but his bullet-scarred body in the freezer shows a different story. -- the pictures taken shortly after his capture show him alive and relatively relaxed. more from the corner will conduct a post-mortem pyridine national transitional council maintains gaddafi was killed in crossfire
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Oct 6, 2011 6:00pm EDT
has rarely seen a man with the impact steve has had. even the president used water to show condolences'. -- used twitter to show condolences'. >> he had a tremendous charisma, and he believed things so passionately that you would believe them. >> steve jobs, adopted as a baby and later a college dropout, was always determined to follow its own path. more than 30 years ago with apple's co-founder steve wozniak he said out to bring personal computers into the home. >> almost any time we had discussions about how something should be done, he was almost always right. >> the drive for perfection made him a demanding colleague, but he persuaded consumers to pay top prices for gadgets like the iphone and the ipad that look and often worked better than their rivals. and when he was forced out of apple for more than a decade, it changed another industry with picks are. he pioneered the animation unit. he tells students at stanford university that facing death brought things into focus. >> your time is limited, so do not waste living someone else's life. do not be trapped by dogma, w
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Oct 26, 2011 4:00pm PDT
global economy. if not, they might sink into recession and take the rest of us with them. >> we have heard the u.s. say that you're past to get their act together. is any thing that the u.s. can do in practical terms at this point? >> no. from the point of view of european leaders, it is a pretty rich to hear tim geithner telling them what to do. the u.s. did act quickly after their own financial crisis. the banking sector is four times the size of the u.s. banking sector. this often crisis is much bigger, the stakes are much higher. this is a much more difficult situation. much more complex. >> thank you. >> in turkey, rescue workers are continuing to search for survivors from the earthquake. two people have been pulled from the rubble. one of them is a university student that was found alive 60 hours after the earthquake struck. rescue workers broke into applause as he emerged from the debris. our correspondent sent this report. >> slowly, they are digging down into the heart of the masses of concrete that were once people's homes. they are pulling away the masonry piece by piece.
PBS
Oct 31, 2011 2:30pm PDT
met with the question. is there room and resources for all of us? the united nations cultural organization, unesco, approved palestine as a member, prompting israel and the u.s. to freeze funding. one of the world's finest -- finest collections of islamic art goes on display in york. is it culture or politics? welcome to our viewers on pbs in america, and around the globe. if you are feeling a little cramped today, you have good reason. planet earth never has a population of 7 billion. the philippines was the first country to declare the seven billionth person, a little girl who is no doubt aware of all of the fuss. other countries claim milestone babies. the question remains -- can the world cope with so many of us? >> it is more about symbols than exact sums when it comes to global population. the u.n. has declared that in each country, one baby going on october 31 becomes the seven billionth person. there are many tiny candidates. is philippines' contribution dankeeka mae, blissfully unaware of her celebrity status. going in a crowded public hospital in manila, she was gree
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Oct 27, 2011 5:30pm EDT
ground. the former pakistani president gives us his friend assessment of where things stand with the u.s.. >> there is a breakdown in confidence between pakistan and the u.s.. >> get ready broadway, there is a new twist on the language barrier leaving audiences laughing. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. after a marathon session which stretched into the morning, the leaders of the eurozone said they struck a deal which will help solve the debt crisis. banks are being asked to write off half of what they were owed. global markets cheered what they heard, was this enough to save the euro? clucks europe woke to the news that against expectations, the leaders had agreed on a plan to fix the eurozone crisis. it might not where did the big bazooka some are calling for but politicians claimed that during the night the euro had been saved. >> i think it is much better than before. >> you will have to wait a couple of days to be sure. >> stock markets enjoyed a bounce. the euro crisis had been seen as increasing the risk of global recession. leaders had b
WETA
Oct 27, 2011 6:00pm EDT
to support us. >> president sarkozy of france also went on tv tonight, but said it had been an error to admit greece to the eurozone in the first place. "let us say how it is. it was a mistake. greece was not ready to join the euro when it did because of its economy." president sarkozy also said he was confident the country could emerge from its debt crisis. not everyone is persuaded by last night's deal. a lot of detail is missing. some of the key elements in increasing the firepower of the main bailout will not even be negotiated until november. >> they have stopped the euro from collapsing today, or perhaps tomorrow, but they definitely have not saved it. we are still in trouble, not out of the woods. we are not going to be for a number of years to come. >> last night's most sensitive decisions were taken by just eurozone leaders -- and britain, not being in the euro, was not represented. it raises questions about whether there will now be a two-tier europe of insiders and outsiders. >> in reaction to the deal in brussels, the greek prime minister said it allows his country
WHUT
Oct 25, 2011 6:30pm EDT
roads will be covered with snow. >> thank you very much for joining us. now to the latest news from libya, five days after he was killed, colonel gaddafi has been buried in a secret location in the libyan desert. this morning. since his death, his body had been on display at in each storage facility in misrata. -- at a meet storage facility in misrata. >> this purports to show the bodies of gaddafi and his son. this is the only footage of that has emerged claiming to show elements of the secret funeral. a convoy of cars are arrived at the market complex where the colonel's corpse had been on display. then, they laughed for an unknown destination in the desert. after days of disagreement, the spectacle in the refrigerated meet container was finally over. symbols are potent bargaining chips in the new libya. this giant fist once stood and colonel gaddafi's compound. it has been brought here to misrata as a sign of achievement. colonel gaddafi's body was the ultimate war trophy at all -- the ultimate war trophy. as the victims argued over the spoils, loyalists are getting used to a new
PBS
Oct 19, 2011 5:30pm EDT
more gruesome -- deaths ever more gruesome. veracruz used to boast that it was mexico's say this city, but the empty beaches tell a different story. 35 bodies were left on the street in daylight, people who had been downed, tortured, and killed. empty homes have been boarded up after they were used to hide corpses. this is one of three locations where more than 30 bodies were found dumped in house is just a few days ago. it is part of an increasingly vicious battle that has been taking place in mexico. as you can see, the marines have been deployed on to the streets of a city that, until recently, was perfectly safe. many of those killed are victims in a tit-for-tat between drug gangs, but not all. dirty tricks and political cowardice means some innocent men are wrongly accused. speaking out is a rare and dangerous thing to do in mexico, but we met janet figueroa, who is prepared to take the risk just to clear her father's name. he was mechanic caught in the crossfire of a gun battle. janet says the state fabricated evidence that he was a criminal. >> is used to be a really safe
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Oct 5, 2011 4:00pm PDT
discontent and what can be done, i am joined by an assistant professor. thank you for joining us. did you get a sense of what sparked a these protests? why now? in 2008, you can understand it. why are they protesting now? >> this started three weeks ago with a small group of protesters camping out in liberty park. two things happened that made this protest explode. the first was video that one around of police officers pepper spray and a protester. i think that that really sparked this to become much bigger and much bigger much faster. >> do you think that we will see more types of protests, the grass roots protests? people that are cut off from the democratic process. >> absolutely. there is unemployment, joblessness, foreclosure. all of these things have been dealing for the past two years, they have a vehicle to express them. the political system has not been very responsive. the protests are an indication of people say look, we need to do something to let our leaders know. with all the organizations that are joining this protest movement, this will continue through the election cy
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Oct 28, 2011 4:00pm PDT
urged leaders to be bold in the reforms and follow the principle of equality. >> it encourages us to find ways to find girls and women to play their full part. >> this has made the matter a pressing one, the marriage of prince william and catherine middleton. the 15 other countries, the realms in which the british monarch is also the head of state. david cameron announced that an agreement had been reached. >> i am pleased to say that we have reached a unanimous agreement on two changes to the rules of succession. first, we will end of the mail from a general rule -- end the male -- primogenitor rule. it will be determined simply by the order of birth. >> lifting the ban on marion rya roman catholic. in britain's case alone, it will have to be amended, but potentially, it will change the face of the british monarchy. >> as the world prepares to welcome its 7 billion inhabitantth inhabitant, we looe world that has never had to support as many people as it does right now. the have investigating -- been investigating firms buying up farmland. the globe once in the unprofitable, but what
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Oct 24, 2011 6:30pm EDT
us. we sat here overnight. no food has passed any of his brothers' lips. this 6 -year-old girl is also summer under the -- six-year-old girl is also somewhere under the ruins. dead sister's husband is under the rubble. we were burying him for his funeral. we just got back here, hoping the kid will come out, hopefully, no matter how serious the injury, burt alive. >> overnight, a small boy was found alive. his rescuers pleaded with him to be patient while they worked to get him out. in ercis, this toddler was successfully pulled out alive by emergency workers. this tv footage has emerged, which shows the moments the powerful earthquake struck. the shaking stopped this couple in their tracks. late tonight, the man whose brothers had never given up was lifted from the rubble. the 29-year-old, with several broken bones, was carried off the concrete which could have been his tomb, and down past his mother, before being loaded into an ambulance. he had survived. >> for the latest on the situation in ercis, spoke to daniel a short time ago. daniel, it is an extraordinary scene. hopes are
PBS
Oct 7, 2011 5:30pm EDT
afghanistan. there is the means of whoever would like to use those against both countries. the taliban would like to move a finger without pakistan's support. the fact is that the taliban were and are stationed in pakistan. we all know that. the pakistani government knows that, we know that. this is not in a manner of accusation and reprimand -- reprimand. >> if you say that you will not talk to the very people -- >> we did not say that we will not talk to them, we don't know who to talk to. we don't have an address. the moment we have been addressed, we will talk to them. >> the policy until just the other day was to talk this to them. >> we were demanding, we are asking for negotiations. we wanted to talk to them. with the assassination of the president by someone who came in the name of a messenger from the have an we don't address of someone to talk to. you don't talk to suicide bombers to come in the messages of peace. the fact that we are not dealing with an identifiable individual as representing the taliban or a place that we can knock on and say, we want to talk to. until that
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Oct 18, 2011 5:30pm EDT
the americans have given us. >> libya is rich with its own billions of dollars, so she did not pledge any money, but offered american expertise and assistance to rebuild the country. she called on all fighters to unified under one leadership. >> they want to get them under national command, prevent reprisals and to secure the stocks of weaponry that have come off of the battlefield and where have been discovered. >> of the u.s. played a key role in the nato led a military campaign but kept a low profile. there was no victory last year for mrs. clinton. she kept a low profile because of security concerns. the challenges ahead are tremendous, not just for libya, but also the united states. her visit is part of an effort to help shape the future of libya, and also of other countries in the region where the u.s. wants to maintain influence. >> the highest court has ruled that stem cells cannot patented. in a case that could have major implications for medicine. the court of justice decision and the european research into the use of stem cell therapy or drive research abroad. a car bomb ha
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Oct 31, 2011 4:00pm PDT
famous she is. the unavoidable question remains, can the world cope with so many of us? >> it is more about samples than exact sums when it comes to global population. the u.n. has declared that any country, one baby born on the 31st of october becomes the seventh billion person. there are many tiny candidates. the philippines' contribution to the 7 billion is dankeeka mae. blissfully unaware of for celebrity status. born into a crowded public hospital, she was greeted to speeches. the family planning is a controversial issue in the country and her mother has decided to defy church teachings and practice birth control. this little boy is the chosen one, according to russian state police. a quarrel is -- russian state television. politicians have declared a another candidate as the first to be born on monday the regions are competing to show how they're trying to boost the country's dwindling population. india has the opposite problem. the u.n. projects that in 2025, its population will overtake china. india also struggles with a skewed sex ratio because of the preference for boys. chi
WETA
Oct 14, 2011 6:00pm EDT
wear -- hear the most, maybe, honest assessment that there is a real -- everybody likes to use the word contagion, but that this could movefá veryt( quickly bey greefments certainly everyone third largest economy in europe. that could move very qu))hly if we seee1 a default and a credit event, they call it. if you are a businessman in brazil whoñr exports china tea potts, how does this affecti] you? >> because the banks are so i] greek sovereign deb be a write-down beyond what they agreed to this summer. you could see your holdings cut by ha4fe and that'se1 huge, an that starts ripple effects andx makes banks potentially need a lot of money from the european community, this special bailout fund andx$$u$at's the sortçó )& thing that hasÑi people legitimatery.Ñi >> watching what happened after 2008, and i remember the g20fá meeting then in weekend --Ñi th of coming together, everyone z we have to do innings coordination. but inxd paris this weekend the seems to be no coordination. >>w3 everyone's got different agendas, and also everybody's place. if you areww/s germany you a
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Oct 4, 2011 6:00pm EDT
, and that is the government. >> thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> among the major consequences of the defaulting economy is the spiralling rate of youth unemployment. nowhere is that more dramatically displayed than spain. >> it is the young who could lead spain out of the crisis. but they were in the jobs center this morning. >> it is very worrying. >> this is europe's fifth largest economy, and it is running on nt. spanish drug centers happen bustling since the crisis began, and -- job centers have been puzzling since the process began. spain has shelled out lots of money in unemployment benefits. then there are the increasing fears of a growing lost generation. and you find it that madrid's largest university -- and you find it at madrid's largest university. how many of you think you will get a job? how many are confident? any job. >> any job? >> anything at all. about four or five people in your out of 28. how many think you'll have to leave spain to get a job to live the lives you want to live? yes, there go most of the hands. meet the latest recruit to the b
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Oct 3, 2011 4:00pm PDT
were not clear. >> they told us to stay. eventually they just disappeared. they reappeared during sentencing. >> the police deny that. after a high ranking officer used pepper spray. they continued their anti- capitalist vigil, city unions will march with them on wednesday. a sign of the influence they're starting to exert. the question is whether these protests will lead to a new political movement. a left-wing tea party, if you like. if their enthusiasm -- will their enthusiasm last or will it trade with the autumn sunshine? >> i want to end the federal reserve and abolish it and remove it and i want to get all the politicians that -- out of office and i want to stop corporate influence on the government campaigns are any government influence at all. >> the protesters are not unified in their demands or their motivation but they're tapping into discontent in a country where unemployment is high and the economy is weak. >> corporate zombies, love it. we have john cassidy. we have had 700 people arrested over the weekend because of these occupy it wall street protests. do you thin
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Oct 10, 2011 4:00pm PDT
to each other. they do not interrupt. >> we have an opportunity to use the power we have to make active changes. the tea party did it. we can do it. >> the conservative tea party movement transformed the political landscape. the question is whether occupy wall street will do the same on the left. the protests are spreading to seattle, philadelphia, and iowa, a crucial primary state where these protestors were called away for demonstrating without a permit. >> i am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupy wall street and the other cities across the country. >> to protest what street and the bankers is to say that you are anti-capitalism. the free market system and capitalism are two things that have allowed this nation and the economy to become the biggest in the world. >> democrats, including barack obama, have expressed sympathy for those who have taken to the streets. >> i support the message to the establishment, whether it is wall street or the political establishment, that change has to happen. we cannot continue in a way that is not relevant to their lives. >> t
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Oct 10, 2011 5:30pm EDT
country's future, i enjoyed by robin wright, the author of a book. thank you very much for joining us. egypt is supposed to be the poster child of the arab spring. does this mean that the country is losing its way? >> i think the real problem is not just the sectarian runs between christians and muslims that has erupted but the broader role of the military. there were widespread expectations and promises of a military that they would and martial law that has been in place since 1981 and that they would move forward quickly with transition. ms. gar ryness possibly as long as two years before the election of a parliament and the writing of the constitution and then the election of the president, and this, of course, in trenches military rule, which has made many unhappy. >> does that mean that we will see more of this? >> the danger is the military has been so recalcitrant in following through on its promises, and anger is running some deep, we are more likely to see more chaos and confusion before we see a sense of order restored. >> the protests started against the military, but are w
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Oct 17, 2011 2:30pm PDT
concerned, we use a rate per 100,000 children comparison. our rate is about triple canada's, about 11 times in's, about -- italy's, about four or five times the rate of great britain's. >> and that even accounts the difference -- for the difference in the population. >> this is a rate issue. the u.s. just has a very high fatality rate. >> why is it so high? >> have much higher rates of childhood poverty, which contribute -- we have much higher rates of childhood poverty, which contributes to the issue. we have high populations of prison. we have high substance-abuse issues as well. we have a very weak safety net in the united states, unlike other industrialized countries. we do not have universalized health care, we do not have paid maternal and parental leave. we do not have home visiting at a scale that makes a difference. there are too many people not prepared to be parents, a lack of social safety nets to provide assistance. we also do not have a strong child protection system. it varies from state to state. it is not a federal system. some states do much better than others. >> is this
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Oct 21, 2011 2:30pm PDT
need our friends to be close to us, to be close when we call them. libya is a country with a very big on borders and no one knows what will happen. we need them and he's like we need them in war. >> who are your friends now? >> now the consider ourselves a democratic country. -- now we consider ourselves a democratic country. we believe in human rights, the freedom of the press. these people dreamed of what their country was going to be in the future. they could not have their dreams with gaddafi's policy, believe me. italy, qatar, jordan, tunisia, these are our friends. the relationship with the west was horrible for a long time. before the bid, they could travel to many cities. now, we need to wait some time and months. >> ambassador, thank you very much indeed. >> to another conflict involving u.s. forces, the iraq war. president obama has confirmed that troops will complete their withdrawal by the end of the year. he made the announcement shortly after holding a video conference with the iraqi prime minister, nouri maliki. >> if you hours ago, i spoke to iraqi prime minister malik
WETA
Oct 11, 2011 6:00pm EDT
lives in this village. members of this community tell us that they continue to take children and sacrifice them. >> tiny slovakia deals a blow to the massive bureau -- eurozone. can they ever find economic harmony? welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also are around the globe. the plot to assassinate the saudi ambassador was conceived and directed from iran according to u.s. officials. they announced they had broken up the alleged scheme and arrested two men with links to the iranian government. they vow to iran would be held accountable. dodge the alleged plot was to kill this man, the long servings saudi ambassador. the head of the fbi said it sounded like fiction, but the plot was all too real. >> individuals from one country sought to conspire with a drug trafficking cartel in another country to assassinate a foreign official on united states soil. it reads like the pages of a hollywood script, the impact would have been very we'll and many lives would have been lost. >> a senior member of president obama's cabinet pointed the finger straight at iran. >> it was conce
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Oct 17, 2011 6:00pm EDT
on one protester tells me, each if he has to kill every one of us. >> for more on what it is like i was joined by sue lloyd roberts earlier. >> they are very determined. something i find extraordinary. there they are. they have been demonstrating for seven months, over 3,000 dead. really they have achieved very little. the point that they make, the more deaths there are the more determined they are to go on. >> do they think that when they talk to you, did they think they would be able to overthrow the regime? >> they say they are winning and the whole people are against him and he cannot last much longer. things are slowly going on. the arab league suggested that they have to stop killing their people. the syrian opposition have gotten together and there is a opposition party. when i was there i met a lot of soldiers who joined what they called the free syrian army. they say they are going to defend the protesters and start attacking the syrian army. >> you are one of the few journalists that have gotten into syria. you were also there earlier during the protests. what difference d
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Oct 13, 2011 2:30pm PDT
unprecedented case in terms of using wire taught -- wiretaps for this kind of case. the government stressed the envelope. the defense will appeal whether or not that was permissible. >> the judge did show leniency. he did not hand out a longer sentence because of the defendant's legal problems. >> our reporter joins me live from new york. the judge showed leniency. this sends a tough message to wall street, doesn't it? >> considering what to sentence the defendant, he said i do not have a crystal ball about what will send a clear message. hopefully, this will be enough. that is certainly his hope. the government was hoping for a tougher sentence. all of this is designed to see in -- to send a clear message. those who commit economic crimes will be punished. >> do you think this kind of trial will actually change the way individuals operate in finance? >> i think it will have some kind of impact. when you take someone like this defendant and make them at a poster boy for this bad behavior, i do not think people want that kind of bad publicity. it is not good for business. the penalty of endi
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Oct 12, 2011 4:00pm PDT
young who is being shipped from the heat -- uganda to the uk for use in witchcraft. and taking a shortcut -- one marathon runner from the 26 miles a bit too much, but taking the bus certainly helped. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also or around the globe. there is heavy fighting in libya denied as troops of the national libyan council push hard into the city intosirte. fighters in the gaddafi stronghold have put up surprisingly fierce resistance, but now, according to bbc reporters who are with forces of the government, there are only a few streets still left in the hands of gaddafi loyalists. >> a war that has lasted nine months across libya has come down to a few streets and suburbs in colonel gaddafi cozy home town. the fighting on the streets of sirte is ferocious and intense. the town is being pummeled and pounded into submission. a place gaddafi favored above all others in libya flattened block by block. after a battle that lasted more than a week, this day began with soldiers from the new government loading their ammunition belts for what they hope will be t
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Oct 7, 2011 4:00pm PDT
afghanistan. >> ambassador, thank you very much for joining us. >> well, thank you. >> and for much more coverage of afghanistan, make sure you check out our website. you'll find profiles of six afghan citizens, including a doctor, who talks about how the last 10 years have affected him. it's all there at bbc.com/news. now to the battlefront in libya. forces loyal to the country's transitional government have launched a major assault on the city of sirte. it's been under siege for three weeks and remains one of the last strongholds of troops loyal to colonel gaddafi. our correspondent, jonathan head, is with rebel forces in the city and filed this report. >> the long-awaited attacks on gaddafi's hometown began at dawn. tanks rumbled into position and began bombarding houses held by gaddafi loyalists. they brought up everything for this offensive. this is a symbol of the new government's authority. within minutes it was shrouded in black smoke and it was time for the fighters to move in. but the gaddafi forces inside hadn't given up yet. government fighters had to contend with fighters po
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Oct 20, 2011 5:30pm EDT
was used as a political weapon. today, we can definitively say the good of the regime has come to an end. the last major strongholds have fallen. the new government is consolidating control over the country in one -- and one of the world's longest-serving dictators is no more. >> one of the american politicians who pushed hardest for the u.s. to get involved in the nato mission is senator marco rubio of florida. he joins me from capitol hill. thank you for joining me. you have been a firm advocate of the nato mission. i imagine you feel this justifies your position. >> this is an opportunity for the libyan people to turn the page. i think all the credit belongs to them for taking up this cause. obviously, i know they are grateful for the help from nato, but this is a day i am happy for the libyan people. they have an opportunity to build a free and prosperous libya. >> the canadians have already said they think they will and their military involvement in the next couple of weeks. nato is meeting tomorrow in brussels. do you think it is time for the international community to step bac
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Oct 24, 2011 2:30pm PDT
from the cold. >> thank you very much for joining us. some amazing stories of survival there. we will keep you updated on any further development. staying in the region, the united states has pulled its ambassador out of syria because of concern for his safety. the state department is blaming the syrian authorities for a campaign of incitement against robert ford. last month, he was pelted with tomatoes and eggs by pro- government supporters. syria has now withdrawn its ambassador to washington. for more on the growing diplomatic tensions, i am joined by a former u.s. ambassador to syria. thank you so much for joining me. the state department is saying that it has been braque -- brought back for consultations. how serious is this? >> it is not as serious as a formal recall court certainly even a break in relations. either of those events had happened. it is not unprecedented to be recalling ambassadors for consultation. in this case, it was more serious because they said there was incitement and threats against the ambassador. he already has experienced several incidents in which
WHUT
Oct 18, 2011 6:30pm EDT
. >> michelle, thanks for joining us. in the last few minutes, a number of palestinian prisoners who were released today have arrived in syria. these were the scenes broadcast live on syrian tv at the airport as the prisoners got off their plane to a crowd of cheering well-wishers. under the terms of today's exchange, 40 detainees were immediately deported from palestinian territory. turkey and qatar will also take in some. for the latest on the prisoner swap deal, head to our web site. you will find reaction from families of the thousand or so prisoners due to be exchanged for shalit. and that's all at bbc.com/news. now to libya and the u.s. secretary of state, clinton has held talks with the leaders of libya. at a town hall style meeting, mrs. clinton said she was proud to be standing on the free soil of libya and seeing its future being born. we have this report from tripoli. >> hillary clinton flue into tripoli on a military transporter not her usual american boeing and not equipped to deal with the threat of surface-to-air missiles scattered around libya. on the tarmac, no government
PBS
Oct 3, 2011 2:30pm PDT
. you were in that court for this decision. tell us about the atmosphere. >> about 30 policemen in plain clothes. she said very quietly, taking very deep breaths. when the verdict was read out, [inaudible] she immediately started sobbing. >> she just seemed to crumble. >> the prosecutor should enhance with each of them. -- shook hands with each of them. >> we understand that a statement is being made. >> we are just hearing from one of the lawyers. we are now hearing -- he has worked tirelessly to try to clear his son's name. he has been making the 11-hour round-trip up to where raffaele sollecito has been in prison. i cannot hear what he is saying very well. given his reaction, he has always claimed that this has been a miscarriage of justice. [cheering] he said the was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. he told me how he had met with resistance from the police when he wanted certain aspects of the case investigated. we are hearing applause. someone had taken to the steps. requesting applause for meredith. you were in there for the verdict. it all happened very quickly in the
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